Monthly Archives: May 2009

5/27/09 – Kelly Woodard + Song Lyrics Theme

KELLY WOODARD – a riviting performer — plus a musical themed open myk night. Songs as poems – poems as songs. (So write some song lyrics!)

Kelly Woodard has been performing slam since 2001 and has participated and placed in slams from Florida to Connecticut. Kelly does workshops for several local groups based in CT, and finds that the power of expression does wonders with adjudicated youth, teens in crisis and other youth around the state who need that voice. Other interests include playing football for the only pro-Women’s football team in CT, volunteering on behalf of trans issues and working as both an adolescent development specialist and Residential Manager.

“…and so shines a good deed in a weary world…”


5/20/09 – Ralph Nazareth


I’ve seen
glass blowers
stretch little

into much.
Such is my hope
for words—

blowing syllables up
to hold a world
close to breaking.

HOST: Faith
Ralph Nazareth was born and educated in India. He crossed over to the West when young Americans were flying east on their tragic mission in Vietnam. His poetry explores his movement between worlds.

He is a professor of English at Nassau Community College, New York, where he leads PeaceWork, a group committed to peace and justice issues. He is also a volunteer teacher of writing in the CMHS program at Green Haven, a maximum security prison in New York. As Managing Editor of Yuganta Press in Stamford, CT, he has overseen the publication of over twenty books of poetry by writers from all over the world. You can watch a video interview with him currently on this Week’s Ben Pin.


For his latest published work, please go to Muse India: Literary Journal at A Ralph Nazareth essay on imagination

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Posted by on May 20, 2009 in * A Few Poems, * Past Features


5/13/09 – 3 UCONN Poets & a SLAM!

Josh Brunetti is a UConn student finishing his undergraduate requirements
and is applying to graduate school. He plans to eventually become a
college professor of English. After having taken a creative writing class
with Davyne Verstandig, Josh began attending open mics, writing workshops,
and even decided to help begin a writing club at Torrington UConn. The
club will meet weekly as a workshop and as a forum for planning open mics
at the school.

Castle Yuran is a junior at the Torrington campus of UConn, and is
majoring in English with hopes of getting a Masters in either creative
writing or screenwriting. Poetry is her passion, and she’s thus far had
one poem published in a book put out by, called Timeless
Voices. She also submits regularly to an online magazine entitled “Life
In Stereo.” Castle currently works at the Torrington UConn Writing
Center, and occasionally assists the Litchfield County Writers Project.
She plans to help run, alongside Josh Brunetti, a writing club at the
campus that will eventually host an open mic or even slam. Castle dreams
of being a successful author, poet, and ultimately screenwriter, and plans
to finish her first novel by the end of her senior year.

Tina Parziale is a junior at UConn majoring in English. Next semester she
will be interning with author, editor, and professor Leigh Grossman and
working as a student editor on the Long River Review. Last summer she won
first place in the Artwell Poetry Slam and participated in several CT open
mics. After she graduates next December she intends to travel for a few
months before going to graduate school. She hopes to one day change the
world, but doesn’t everyone?

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Posted by on May 13, 2009 in * Past Features


5/6/09 – Jerry Brooker

HOST: Barb
Jerry is a poet, novelist,, a peace activist, world-traveler, frequent reader in Connecticut, a retired teacher with two books of poetry and several novels to his credit, and more novels under construction. He has over 300 articles and poems published; was chairman of the English Department at Staples High School in Westport for over 25 years; and is very active in national and international peace and hunger community efforts with students from America and abroad. Jerry is a Fullbright Fellow, has received the Peace and Understanding Award from the National Education Association, the Mahatma Gandhi-Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award from the Connecticut Education Association, two honorary degrees and other awards for humanitarian contributions, along with being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Posted by on May 6, 2009 in * Past Features

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